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Infused with a dreamlike and surreal atmosphere in which music played and sometimes composed by the artist plays a fundamental role, the videos of Guido van der Werve lead the viewer into an imaginary and mysterious environment, in which scenes where ballerinas dressed in either clothing from the 1700s or sometimes white tulle interchange with odd scenes from quotidian life.

The landscape, colours and light are integral to the construction of images that make the works of the artist seem like real tableaux vivants in which the movements of the protagonists and video camera are perfectly calibrated, refined and precious.

The camera investigates the streets and buildings of Amsterdam, the interiors, the grey skies, and the vivid green of the grass, halting just seconds before unveiling the mystery inside them.

For his first solo exhibition in Italy, at the gallery Monitor, the artist has chosen to present a selection of videos, including his most recent work, Nummer Vier, filmed in 2005 in Holland and Finland.

Guido van der Werve, 1977 Papendrecht, The Netherlands.

Solo exhibitions:

2005: - "I don't want to get involved in this", Muu Gallery, Helsinki; - "We would feel much worse, if it wouldn't be for the heavy sedatives", Gallery Olaf Stüber', Berlin.

2004: - "I don't want to get involved in this", Pand Paulus, Schiedam; - "Renè Coelho award 2003", The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/TimeBasedArts, Amsterdam.

In 2005 the artist was nominated for the Prix de Rome, De Appel, Amsterdam.


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Guido van der Werve